Sustainability

West Chester University

 

History of our Bioregion

A historical record of weather and climate data can be found at Chescoweather.com. Navigate to the bottom of the page to find the historical data. Current data is at the top.

Pliny Fisk III has always maintained that for a building or a city to be sustainable it must be created from the resources available in its region as well as contribute to the local economy. His contract work for the Environmental Protection Agency in the mid 1990s crystallized this idea (see "The Infinite Grid" by Andrea Moed, Metropolis, December 1996). At the time Fisk was asked to create a grid map of the country on which he pinpointed natural resource availability, businesses that were distributing those resources, and people who were knowledgeable on how to use the materials; he called these groups area, point, and network resources. By integrating this information, Fisk says, it's possible to track the economic resources that go into harvesting and transporting a material. It also allows one to see where materials are used and how they're recycled (or not) after their initial use - a process now widely known as life-cycle analysis. The Center for Maximum Building Potential provides a focus for some of Mr. Fisk's thinking about bioregional design and economies.